Algeria

August 16, 2012

Jordan has a handful of cafes that stay open during the fasting hours of the holy month and those who need to, usually make it their business to find them. Shops are open, but you are offered a black bag to conceal your illicit day time groceries. Drinking water in public carries a penalty or prison sentence. At best a ticking off by a policeman.
12:57 GMT

The Middle East region presents varying challenges to these Ramadan victims, who are either not required to partake or who chose to opt out of their religious obligations. Here is Al Bawaba's cross-section of the Arab world's various approaches toward Ramadan - from the strictest to the more lenient and free-fasting.

August 13, 2012

Tunisia: The Tunisians were the stars of the stamina events taking 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze in swimming and steeplechase. Star swimmer Oussama Mellouli was the comeback kid, taking gold in the 10K after his drugs scandal five years ago. That gives him a second gold to his collection on the back of his win at Beijing.
17:13 GMT

Our panel of Arab and Middle East Olympic medal achievements from London 2012. See which Arab athlete defied the odds, broke records or fell short in his game.

August 11, 2012

Yara
08:41 GMT

The Christian Lebanese singer was hauled off to the police station for smoking in public in Algeria.

August 7, 2012

Algeria's Toufik Makhloufi wins gold medal
23:58 GMT

Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria won the Olympic gold medal Tuesday in the men's 1,500-meter run.

July 12, 2012

This rising star needs to be protected while in Algeria. Not all Algerians want Myriam Fares to come.
10:47 GMT

“I am overwhelmed with joy at my first ever visit to Algeria” said Lebanese singer Myriam Fares after arriving in Algeria to hold two concerts. An invitation was sent to Myriam Fares from the Algerian Ministry of Culture to hold performances at the annual Timgad International Festival.

July 5, 2012

The late great Warda
07:00 GMT

Iraqi star Kadim Al Sahir and Najwa Karam's backing singers were among those paying tribute to Algerian legend, Warda at the recent concert for independence.

July 4, 2012

Saber el Rebai will not be labelled a Zionist by anyone, especially a newspaper
09:40 GMT

Tunisian singer Saber Al Rebai has decided to file a lawsuit against the Tunisian newspaper “Al Sour”, accusing it of of saying he had purposely displayed the Israeli flag in his latest music video “Ya Asal” (Honey).

June 29, 2012

Elissa's usually revealing flashy style will be taken down a notch for Algeria
23:59 GMT

Talk of Elissa playing Algeria is still hot on the press agenda coming up to the July 2nd scheduled concert. Elissa has agreed to dress conservatively for the Algerian audience and pay homage to Algeria's Rose, Warda.

June 24, 2012

Sherine Abdel Wahab
06:43 GMT

After the name snub at Murex D'Or, now the Egyptian singer gets uninvited to Warda's memorial service.

June 20, 2012

Ghanem and Mekki quell rumors of frequent arguments between the two
11:09 GMT

Egyptian singer and actress Donia Samir Ghanem was dumfounded by recent rumors claiming that she and actor Ahmed Mekki are fighting.

June 18, 2012

Elissa
11:35 GMT

Despite a boycott campaign over her fee for the concert, the Lebanese singer will be performing in Algeria.

June 7, 2012

Algeria needs to import large quantities of refined fuel products such as gasoline and gasoil due to insufficient refining capacity
12:22 GMT

Algerian state energy company Sonatrach plans to increase its investment to $80 billion over the next five years as the Opec member country seeks to expand its gas.

June 6, 2012

Salma Hayek
12:58 GMT

The Hollywood star gets back to the trenches to play the infamous Algerian activist Lalla Fadhma in her upcoming flick.

Elissa is still making shockwaves in Algeria
12:56 GMT

Activists have expressed rage at the high price of tickets for the Lebanese singer's concert, at a time when Algeria is struggling with high unemployment.

May 27, 2012

Warda the Algerian Rose
11:04 GMT

The late Algerian star commissioned a museum for her dresses before she died, according to the Algerian Media and Culture bureau.